This unit of study will examine key concepts and theories relevant to Legal Theory including: Natural Law; Liberalism; Positivism; Modernism; American Legal Realism; Feminism; Critical Legal Studies; Postmodernism and Critical Race Theory.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
BLB2121

Prerequisites

BLB1101 - Australian Legal System in Context

BLB1114 - Legal Research Methods

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critique the leading legal theories (especially in the Anglo-American jurisdictions)and justify their relevance to our society;  
  2. Contextualise the Law's connections with other disciplines (such as History, Philosophy, Sociology, and Political Science)as prevalent in contemporary settings;  
  3. Justify the relevance of conceptualization, epistemology (theory of knowledge), morality, ethics, and ideology, to law in contexts subject to change;  
  4. Analyse the theoretical underpinnings of substantive law already studied and sharper analytical tools an map their connections to future studies and practice;  
  5. Identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant knowledge and communicate (both orally and in writing) one stand with initiative and judgement; and  
  6. Critically reflect on theoretical predispositions, and argue and justify one's own theoretical and normative perspectives on the law, and more generally.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Essay Case Study 1,500 words 30%
Essay Research Essay 2,500 words 70%

Required reading

Lloyd's Introduction to Jurisprudence 9th ed,
Freeman, MDA 2014,
Sweet and Maxwell, London

Understanding Jurisprudence: An Introduction to Legal Theory 3rd ed,
Wacks, R 2012,
Oxford University Press, Oxford

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